Marble Restoration and Polishing in Las Vegas and Henderson NV
Marble maintenance and polishing are commonly misunderstood procedures, as are terms such as etch marks and water spots. This is likely caused by the fact that there are so many definitions of “polish” in various industries and also because marble is thought of as an impenetrable surface.
The Various Types of Marble Finishes
To understand how marble is restored, the first step is education as to what marble polishing is and how it can become damaged. A polished marble finish gives off a beautiful and glossy look. Although a lot of marble countertops have such a finish, it is a myth that all marble is supposed to look as such. There is in fact matt marble which is not polished and reflective.
Matt marble finishes are referred to as “honed” finishes. Aside from marble that is polished or honed, there are also many other finishes such as tumbled, flamed, antiqued, brushed, and hammered. Every finish serves a different appearance and function purpose, and every single type of finish also comes with its own maintenance and treatment needs. A marble floor with a honed finish will require different treatment than a countertop with a honed finish for example.
Also, a common myth of marble finishes is that they are applied with a “polish chemical” during manufacturing. This is not the case at all. The finish on a marble surface is a part of the surface itself, and has been essentially buffed down to have that glossy appearance.
We provide in-person maintenance education with all of our services based on the type of material a home owner has to care for, but if you have a question we are always available to answer it over a phone at (702) 237-4751.
Marble Restoration and Polishing
The finish on marble, and the material itself, can become damaged through various ways. Marble is not an invincible surface. It is very sensitive to the different contaminants it could come in contact with through food, products, chemicals, and liquids. Such contact can leave the affected parts of marble surfaces damaged with what is best described as a “dull” or “light” water spot. These spots are also referred to as water stains, glass-rings, or ghost stains.
The best way to prevent them is to not spill acidic solutions onto marble surfaces. Fruits, sauces, juice, coffee, wine, soda, and salad dressing can all corrode the minerals that makeup marble. Extremely harmful solutions such as bleach, vinegar, ammonia, and household cleans should never come into contact with marble surfaces because they will destroy finishes.
Longer exposure with a corrosive solution will cause more severe damage with a marble surface. Spilling orange juice and wiping it clean right afterwards for example does not pose a threat to the marble’s finish, but leaving a leaking household cleaning bottle on a countertop overnight does.
When marble has been damaged, the spots are referred to as etch marks because nothing has been absorbed into the material below. But rather, the chemicals have physical etched the material.
At MC Services, we use a diamond buffing machine which is extremely effective in restoring marble finishes. When presented with etch mark issues in marble, our professional technicians will make use of their experience and state-of-the-art equipment to buff the marble back to its original shiny or matt finish.